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  1. Quick-Chill Wine

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    Cool down a room-temperature bottle of wine in record time with this handy tip.

    Wet and wring out a linen dish towel, wrap it around a bottle, and place the wine in the refrigerator for half an hour. Can't wait that long? Try the freezer for 15 minutes.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2011
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    Party Calculator

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    Follow this guide to determine how much to buy. The primary rule: Buy plenty. You can use it later or return unopened bottles (check store policy before making your purchase).

    Item and Quantity

    Wine: One bottle per two people per hour

    Beer: Two per person per hour

    Spirits: One bottle per five people per hour

    Mixers: Three bottles for each bottle of alcohol

    Ice: At least one pound per person per hour

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2009
  3. Bundt Cake Bouquet Centerpiece

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    Think of this as no-decorating decorating: Dress up your favorite Bundt cake with a bouquet in the center. 

    Choose dainty nontoxic flowers; we used muscari, brodiaea, and bupleurum. Cut the stems short, and arrange them in a glass that fits your cake. It's perfect for Mother's Day, and Mom can admire the arrangement after nothing is left but the crumbs.

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    Martha Stewart Living, May 2010
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    Taming of the Shoe

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    Brides-to-be have a new reason to kick up their heels. Known for her winsomely feminine dresses and shoes, New York City-based designer Lela Rose has found a way to make her high-end creations more accessible: She's launching a line of wedding heels and flats with Payless. The beribboned pumps, kitten heels, and other classic incarnations will be sold for $45 to $50; most of them can be dyed at no additional cost in one of 64 fairy-tale colors, like the yellow, blue, and purple shades shown here.

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    Martha Stewart Weddings, 2009
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    Floral Paper Fans

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    Outdoor weddings are especially beautiful, but they can also be uncomfortably steamy. To keep your guests from overheating, pass out handmade fans -- trust us, they'll be grateful. Ours features a floral motif on one side and a quote from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" on the other: "My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep."

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    Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2009
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    Caramel Coffee Warmers

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    Just as the coffee is being served, the dancing always seems to begin in earnest, leaving guests with cold coffee when they return to the table. At your reception, offer caramel wafers to rest across the top of the cup -- the coffee will stay warm and the caramel will soften, turning the wafer into a sweet gooey treat. To prevent premature nibbling, the wait staff should let guests know what the wafers are for when they first bring out the coffee.

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    Martha Stewart Weddings, March/April Spring 2004
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